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Gasser: Last of ‘true-blue dyed-in-wool broadcasters’

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It came like a thief in the night. The death of broadcast icon Harry Gasser came as a surprise to his wife, veteran comedienne Flora, son Henry and daughter Anna Marie.

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Harry Gasser dies at 76

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His film has rolled its final frame.

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Bob Thomas, dean of Hollywood reporters, dies

In this Oct. 6, 1954 file photo, Associated Press reporter Bob Thomas, center, and other media wait outside the Beverly Hills house of Marilyn Monroe, after reports that the movie star's marriage to baseball star Joe DiMaggio was breaking up. Thomas, the longtime Associated Press reporter who kept the world informed on the comings and goings of Hollywood's biggest stars, died of age-related illnesses Friday, March 14, 2014 at his Encino, Calif., home, his daughter Janet Thomas said. He was 92. AP

Bob Thomas, the longtime Associated Press writer and dean of Hollywood reporters who covered a record 66 Oscar ceremonies, reported on the biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, and filed AP’s bulletin that Robert F. Kennedy had been shot, died Friday. He was 92.

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Roldan Aquino; 71

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Veteran character actor Roldan Aquino passed away Tuesday (March 10) at 9:30 in the morning, according to children, Viva and Patricia.

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Spain: Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66

Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia. AP File Photo

Spanish officials say world-renowned flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia has died. He was 66.

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Guitarist Franny Beecher of rock’s Comets dies

This March 21, 2005 file photo shows members of The Comets, from left to right, Marshall Lytle, Franny Beecher, and Joey Ambrose perform at Rock is Fifty party held at the Gibson Guitar Studio in New York. Beecher, lead guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets, which helped kicked off the rock and roll era with the iconic hit “Rock Around the Clock” in 1955, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2014 in a nursing home near Philadelphia. He was 92. AP

Franny Beecher, lead guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets, which helped kick off the rock and roll era with the hit “Rock Around the Clock” in 1955, has died. He was 92.

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Regine Velasquez pays tribute to late father in Valentine’s Day concert

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Singer Regine Velasquez turned emotional during her Valentine’s Day concert Friday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, as she paid tribute to her father, Gerardo “Mang Gerry” Velasquez, who died of cardiac arrest on Feb. 3.

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Actor-environmentalist Roy Alvarez, 63

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Actor-director-environmentalist Roy Alvarez succumbed to cardiac arrest at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, television reports said. He was 63.

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Shirley Temple, iconic child star, dies at 85

In this Jan. 29, 2006 file photo, Shirley Temple Black accepts the Screen Actors Guild Awards life achievement award at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, in Los Angeles. Shirley Temple, the curly-haired child star who put smiles on the faces of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85. AP

Shirley Temple, iconic child star and Depression-era box office draw, dies in California at 85, said a report from Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Remembering Mang Gerry

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In this shot snapped during the taping of her birthday special in 2008, singer-actress Regine Velasquez (center) shares the stage, and a song, with her mom Teresita and her dad Gerry.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman among thousands of addiction victims

In a Jan. 19, 2014, photo Phillip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote" was found dead Sunday in his apartment in New York with what law enforcement officials said was a syringe in his arm.  AP

Philip Seymour Hoffman suffered from a chronic medical condition that required ongoing treatment. An admitted drug addict who first sought professional help more than two decades ago, Hoffman apparently succumbed to his illness with an overdose despite a return to rehab last March.

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Regine Velasquez’s father, Mang Gerry, takes a bow

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Gerry Velasquez, the father of singer-actress Regine Velasquez, passed away Monday. He was 76.

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